History Literature / FoucaultsPendulum

16th Mar '17 3:19:59 AM JahBulOn
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-->''"There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics…Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble…Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation…Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent…Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark…Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason…A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars…There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden…"''
2nd Feb '17 11:42:59 AM JustTroper
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* PopCultureSymbology: The book, which is a savage deconstruction of conspiracy fiction, has the protagonists inventing a parody conspiracy theory that connects Templars, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, etc., as well as modern-day fiction and cartoons.
19th Jun '16 4:07:07 AM JustTroper
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* SageLoveInterest: Lia is presented as the epitome of "natural wisdom", in contrast to the pseudo-profound concepts of the Diabolicals.
3rd Jun '16 12:53:38 AM PaulA
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* RealityRetcon: InUniverse, with the editors constructing a fake conspiracy.


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* ViewersAreGeniuses: To give some illustration of the ''sheer magnitude'' of the permeation of this trope through his fiction, ''Foucault's Pendulum'' requires at least a modest familiarity with the conception of God in Kabbalah in order to understand the book's narrative arrangement; and though Kabbalah is hardly the most obscure of topics--and certainly not the most obscure form of knowledge required to understand ''Foucault's Pendulum''--this novel requires substantial reading into a major world mystic/faith tradition ''merely to understand its chapter layout''.
11th May '16 3:02:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Casaubon: Protagonist and narrator. Also an intellectual dilettante and expert on TheKnightsTemplar.

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* Casaubon: Protagonist and narrator. Also an intellectual dilettante and expert on TheKnightsTemplar.UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.
17th Jan '16 8:19:22 AM Exxolon
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''Foucault's Pendulum'' is a 1988 novel by Creator/UmbertoEco, and a notable work of [[AncientConspiracy conspiracy literature]].

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\n''Foucault's Pendulum'' '''''Foucault's Pendulum''''' is a 1988 novel by Creator/UmbertoEco, and a notable work of [[AncientConspiracy conspiracy literature]].
4th Jan '16 4:50:57 PM MarkLungo
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While ''TheDaVinciCode'' plays the conspiracy theory view of history completely straight, and ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' subverts it wildly, this novel is an [[ViewersAreGeniuses elaborate]] and [[TakeThat sometimes savage]] {{Deconstruction}}.

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While ''TheDaVinciCode'' ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' plays the conspiracy theory view of history completely straight, and ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' subverts it wildly, this novel is an [[ViewersAreGeniuses elaborate]] and [[TakeThat sometimes savage]] {{Deconstruction}}.



* {{Kabbalah}}: The branches/spheres of the kabbalistic tree of life serve as chapter headings.

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* {{Kabbalah}}: UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}}: The branches/spheres of the kabbalistic tree of life serve as chapter headings.
12th Nov '15 1:03:35 AM JohnnyAdroit
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* VanityPublishing: In-story, there is the publishing house of Garamond doing this. The owner also changes the business model-he makes the occultists and conspiracy nutters pay to have their books published, '''and then sells the books'''.
** And when the books don't sell (for obvious reasons), the publisher threatens to destroy the remaining copies, but offers the authors the chance to buy the lot to distribute on their own. In essence, the authors pay for their books twice!

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* VanityPublishing: In-story, there is the publishing house of Garamond doing this. The owner also changes the business model-he makes the occultists and conspiracy nutters pay to have their books published, '''and then sells the books'''.
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books'''. And when the books don't sell (for obvious reasons), the publisher threatens to destroy the remaining copies, but offers the authors the chance to buy the lot to distribute on their own. In essence, the authors pay for their books twice!
9th Nov '15 3:22:49 PM JohnnyAdroit
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** And when the books don't sell (for obvious reasons), the publisher threatens to destroy the remaining copies, but offers the authors the chance to buy the lot to distribute on their own. In essence, the authors pay for their books twice!
18th Oct '15 2:24:15 AM Aquila89
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%%* LeyLine: Part of the conspiracy theory.

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%%* * LeyLine: Part of the conspiracy theory.theory. The Plan assumes that The Knights Templar learned to harness the power of the ley lines.
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